Lake Hodges Trail is a 16.5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Rancho Santa Fe, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Really like this trail when I want to get extra work out!
Pro: Hiked from Rancho Bernardo neighborhood to Old Glory (flag on top of a hill). Great 9 mile in/out hike with spectacular views, tons of wildflowers and great bird watching. I did this hike in late March 2016.
Con: Always prefer a loop hike and this was an in/out hike. Poison oak got me :-(
Easy trail, not too many people. A nice quick and easy hike.
Will return. Great views. Challenging ascent for me, but not overwhelming. Lots of rocks (glad to have worn good hiking shoes.) Heavy traffic, dogs and families. Some bikers. Elfin Forest (no signs from road indicate Lake Hodges). Parking was packed, ended up on the highway.
Great park and trail systems. Plenty of bird watching.